On Tuesday, September 13 at 7:18 p.m., a suspicious package detonated on Northeastern’s campus in Holmes Hall at 39 Leon Street. One person, a 45-year-old male who was identified as a member of Northeastern’s faculty, sustained hand lacerations and was evaluated at the scene before being sent to a local hospital at 7:56 p.m. Another package had been found in the vicinity and was deemed to be safe by bomb squads. Additionally, K-9 units discovered a third package close to the nearby Museum of Fine Arts on Huntington Avenue, though this was later determined to be trash and not hazardous.
Northeastern has advised its students to avoid Holmes Hall during the investigation via an alert sent through its emergency services system, as well as canceled all evening classes near the academic building. Holmes is the home of a number of academic departments at Northeastern and was where both packages on Northeastern’s campus were found. The Museum of Fine Arts has a connection to Tufts University’s School of the Museum of Fine Arts.
Boston Mayor Michelle Wu spoke at an evening press conference regarding the detonation, thanking first responders for “a very very swift, coordinated, and effective response within minutes.” Mayor Wu also stressed the importance of safety at all schools in the Boston area, calling the investigation the “utmost priority.” The Boston Police Department is currently working with the FBI on the investigation.
There are no reports of a motive or culprit at this time, but updates will be made accordingly if and when such information is released.